“That features ensuring we put money into and defend the applied sciences that may preserve and sharpen our aggressive edge, and that these applied sciences are ruled by shared democratic norms that we each share – norms set by democracies, not autocracies.”
Describing the US as Japan’s “greatest good friend”, Prime Minister Suga stated the significance of the connection had “reached new heights” due to the shifting energy dynamics within the Asia-Pacific.
“We additionally had critical talks on China’s affect over the peace and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific and the world at giant,” he stated.
“We agreed to oppose any makes an attempt to vary the established order by drive or coercion within the East and South China Seas, and intimidation of others within the area.”
Suga stated Japan and the US would work intently with Australia and India – the opposite member of the “Quad” grouping – to advertise a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Suga was requested by reporters whether or not Japan would cancel the Olympic Video games, scheduled to be held in Tokyo in July, given the considerations amongst well being consultants that the video games might grow to be a coronavirus “superspreader” occasion.
“I instructed the president about my dedication to grasp the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Video games this summer time as a logo of the worldwide unity,” Suga stated.
“President Biden as soon as once more expressed his assist for this dedication.”
The day in Washington was in any other case dominated by confusion about Biden’s place on refugee resettlement, after it emerged that his administration deliberate to maintain the US resettlement cap at 15,000 for this fiscal 12 months quite than rising it to 62,500 as initially promised.
The transfer sparked a right away backlash from Democrats in Congress.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal accused the White Home of “caving to the politics of worry” whereas Democratic Senator Dick Durbin known as the choice “unacceptable”.
Democratic congresswoman Pramila Jayapal stated it was “unacceptable and unconscionable that the Biden administration isn’t instantly repealing Donald Trump’s dangerous, xenophobic, and racist refugee cap that cruelly restricts refugee admissions to a traditionally low stage”.
The White Home later put out an announcement saying that Biden would enhance the refugee cap this fiscal 12 months however didn’t announce a brand new determine of what number of refugees could be resettled.
Matthew Knott is North America correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.